An early English sterling silver salver of shaped square form raised on little feet. This dainty size is often known as a waiter, perfect for standing a wine bottle or glass. To the top is a hand chased border with classical cartouches encircling a maiden’s head. To the centre is a hand engraved crest topped by the motto “Hinc Garbae Nostrae”. Good colour. Weight 229 grams, 7.3 troy ounces. Width 14.7 cm. Height 2.5 cm. London 1729. Maker John Tuite.
Biography – John Tuite was apprenticed to John Matthews of Dublin goldsmiths in 1703 and worked in Dublin from 1710 to 1720 before moving to London in 1723. Tuite specialised in making salvers and had a very distinctive makers mark incorporating a ewer with his initials “IT”. Died 1740.